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NCA offers two certification program opportunities. Both certifications require applicants to submit documentation of education and experience which allow them to receive the designation.

Complete the online application below if you will make payment by credit card.

Use the mail-in form to submit your application, documentation, and payment by check.

Mail-In Application Form

Renewal Application Form


Application Fees

  • CACFP Child Nutrition Professional  $ 75.00
     
  • CACFP Management Professional   $175.00


Renewal Application Fees

  • CACFP Child Nutrition Professional  $ 50.00
     
  • CACFP Management Professional   $100.00

Dual Certification

CACFP Professionals may hold both certifications. If you apply for both at the same time, candidates must submit an application form, documentation of education and experience as well as the application fee for each of the certification designations.

Incomplete Applications

If NCA receives an incomplete application, candidates will receive an email requesting any additional documentation needed to earn your certification. Requested documents must be received by NCA within 30 calendar days of receipt of notice. If NCA receives your documents after 30 calendar days, you will have to re-submit the entire application and pay the initial certification fee again. The application fee is non-refundable.

Application fee is non-refundable.

 

Online Application

The online application consists of three steps:

STEP 1. Click on submit documentation. Attach supporting files of training documentation/college credentials or copy of transcript to the email pop-up and submit. Be sure to include your full name and phone number in the body of the email.

STEP 2. Complete the personal information application below and click submit.

STEP 3. Choose which (or both) certification for which you are applying and remit fees online.


STEP 1.

CACFP Certification *

After you submit your application you will be taken to a payment page.

If you have previously submitted your contact and requirements information above but did not make payment and need to do so to complete your certification application click here to make payment.

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3 Years Experience
(16) Hours in Specialty 1
(16) Hours total with minimum (3) hours in each of Specialties 1‐2 or 3  

1 Year Experience
Associate degree or higher
(16) Hours in Specialty 1

1 Year Experience
Associate degree or higher
(12) Hours in Specialty 1
(4) Hours in Specialties 2 or 3

     
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8 years Experience
(4) Hours in Specialties 1 or 2
(4) Hours in Specialties 5 or 6
(8) Hours in Specialties 4 or 7

5 years Experience
Associate degree or higher
(4) Hours Specialties 1 or 2
(4) Hours in Specialties 5 or 6
(8) Hours in Specialties 4 or 7

5 years Experience
(12) Hours Specialties 1 or 2
(12) Hours in Specialties 5 or 6
(12) Hours in Specialties4 or 7
(24) Hours in Specialties 1‐7 with a minimum of (2) Hours per specialty

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